B.S. in Applied Chemistry, Environmental

The Environmental Chemistry emphasis provides students with tools to: (1) understand the processes governing chemical transformation in soil, water and air; (2) analyze for the key chemicals in the environment; and, (3) make meaningful predictions about the fates of these chemicals. This emphasis draws on subjects outside of a classical chemistry degree to include courses in atmospheric science, soil microbiology, environmental toxicology and mineralogy.

Graduates will be able to successfully pursue their career objectives in advanced education in graduate programs in areas such as atmospheric chemistry, geochemistry, toxicology and environmental chemistry and in a range of scientific careers including regulatory agencies, environmental consulting firms and industries concerned with the environmental impact and fate of their products.


Preparatory Subject Matter: 43-50 Units

  • Chemistry: CHE 2A-2B-2C or 2AH-2BH-2CH or 4A-4B-4C
  • Mathematics: MAT 16A-16B-16C or MAT 17A-17B-17C or 21A-21B-21C
  • Physics: PHY 7A-7B-7C or 9A-9B-9C
  • Biological Sciences: BIS 2A
  • Statistics: STA 13 or 32 or 100


Depth Subject Matter: 53-62 Units

  • Analytical Chemistry: CHE 105, 115
  • Inorganic Chemistry: CHE 124A
  • Organic Chemistry: CHE 118A-118B-118C or 128A-128B-128C, 129A, 129B
  • Physical Chemistry: CHE 107A-107B or 110A-110B-110C
  • Other Chemistry Courses: CHE 100
  • Environmental Science and Policy: ESP 110
  • Environmental Toxicology: ETX 101

At least THREE courses from:

  • Atmospheric Science: ATM 160
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: ECI 148A
  • Chemical and Materials Science: ESM 120
  • Environmental Science and Policy: ESP 151
  • Environmental Toxicology: ETX 102A, 102B, 120, 131, 135, 138, 146
  • Fiber and Polymer Science: FPS 161, 161L
  • Geology: GEL 146, 148, 150A
  • Hydrology: HYD 134
  • Soil Science: SSC 102, 111

At least THREE additional upper division units in Chemistry. CHE 199 or 194H strongly encouraged; may include units earned from CHE 197T.


Total Units for Major: 95-113 Units

Environmental Chemistry